The Director Jeannine Wagner


Picture of Jeannine WagnerJeannine Wagner is the newest talent to emerge from a family of gifted artists. Her grandfather was a distinguished organist, her mother is a noted painter and her father was the legendary choral conductor Roger Wagner. At her father's direction, she received musical training in piano, voice, viola and conducting. She studied with such luminaries as Lotte Lehmann, Helmuth Rilling, Daniel Lewis, Herbert Blomstedt and Erich Leinsdorf. Ms. Wagner received her formal training from such notable institutions as Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, California State University Fullerton (CSUF) and the University of Southern California.

For ten years Ms. Wagner served as Assistant Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and had the honor of preparing masterworks for such prominent conductors as Eugene Ormandy, Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Before assuming leadership of the Roger Wagner Chorale in 1988, Ms. Wagner traveled as a chorister and soloist with the Chorale on tours throughout the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Japan. In October of 2000, she will successfully begin her fifth tour of Japan as conductor with projected bookings for the Chorale in 2002.

Locally, the Roger Wagner Chorale performed the celebration concert for the 50th Anniversary of KBS (Korean Broadcasting). Its latest CD, Quilting an American Christmas, was recently featured on The First Art syndicated radio program.

Grounded in early music, Ms. Wagner has also applied her talent to new and unusual repertoire, including premieres of Steve Reich and Krzysztof Penderecki. Among her myriad of credits as a singer and consultant in the motion picture industry is her work with Steven Spielberg and John Williams in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Empire of the Sun, Hook and Jurassic Park.

Ms. Wagner was engaged in 1997 as chorus master and assistant conductor by Sakai City Opera for its production of Carmen and in 1999 returned to Osaka, Japan as guest conductor for the annual concert of the Matsushita Company Choir.

Other credits for Ms. Wagner include: Chorus master for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chorus master for the Los Angeles Opera Theatre, Co-founder and Co-director of I Cantori, and participation in over 55 motion picture and television soundtracks. Ms. Wagner has held teaching positions, most notably for the California Institute of the Arts, California State University, Los Angeles, as the Los Angeles Music Center's Consultant to the Wiseburn School District, Immaculate Heart College, University of California, Los Angeles, California Institute of Technology and Los Angeles City Schools.

In addition to being the Founder and Director of the resident Wagner
Ensemble, Ms. Wagner serves as Director of both the St. Francis de Sales Choir and the Roger Wagner Chorale.

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